Los Angeles-based garage rock band The Paranoyds announce their second album, Talk, Talk, Talk, available for pre-order now and due out September 9 via Third Man Records. Along with the announcement, the group is sharing their gritty debut single from the upcoming project, “Lizzie,” along with its accompanying video that travels back in time to the 80s.
The Paranoyds, who recently opened for Jack White in Los Angeles, are Southern California’s DIY rock royalty, fearless and unapologetic on the perpetual quest to have a good time. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, the Paranoyds are ready to take their artistry to new heights.
The quartet is made up of Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-vocals), Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums, vocals) who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with shrill sincerity. . over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and hard-hitting, punk rock-n-roll.
In addition to today’s announcements, the band will support Jack White for three dates in September, including Asheville, North Carolina, New Orleans, LA and Shreveport, LA. Find a full list of dates below and grab tickets via linktr.ee/theparanoyds.
The Paranoyds have caught the eye of several top like-makers as they continue to build on their fervent fan base. LADYGUNN, called their music “optimistic” but “ominous” and added that the band were “edgy and cute at the same time and their music reflects that youthful energy that you wish you could bottle”.
Surviving the Golden Age wrote: “”…[“Girlfriend Degree’s] the fuzzy guitars are reminiscent of bands like the Kinks or more modernly The Hives. Although the track is fairly mid-tempo, it still feels urgent; it’s a sign of a band that knows how to make anthems” and that “Carnage Bargain is a huge triumph for The Paranoyds” Of their debut LP, Carnage Bargain, Bandcamp praised, “The production…is superb, putting highlight the dreamy song.”
“Lizzie,” the first taste of what’s to come from the band, is a gritty lo-fi punk track that launches the quartet into space. The band sings over gritty electric guitar, “Cosmically I don’tcross in sights that stay unsein / Unfounded memories from 1950 / Panhandling fantasies of a superior being / Why can’t she just believe in me?”
The track delves into the celestial realm of an otherworldly crush. Funston explains, “She’s cute, she’s passionate, she’s dedicated to her craft, but there’s one thing. It’s a walking contradiction. How does she constantly act in roles, where she’s playing a seeker of truth, a down-to-earth, relatable woman who usually tries to escape some sort of oppressive event or oppressive relationship and who in real life is completely tied to a religion whose foundations are basically a science fiction novel- fiction ? “
The video for the track, directed by JJ Stratford, sees the band featured on an old television wearing silver costumes, ornate tin foil headgear and robotic movements. It’s a retro futuristic daydream reminiscent of visuals from decades past, it’s nostalgic, while imagining what the future might look like.
The creation of the track itself painted a clear, 80s-inspired picture of what the visuals would look like. The band explains, “When we were recording ‘Lizzie’, we knew we wanted it to sound like what people in the early 80s might have thought the not so distant future might sound like. I think we could have said something things like ‘Terminator’ and ‘Alien’ to our director, JJ. She was able to spin those references and create an eerily delicious intergalactic world, complete with an American Bandstand type performance on a spaceship, which ends with our band being abducted by a “5G” goddess.”
Stratford adds: “I really wanted to work with The Paranoyds, because they have a Devo vibe that has mutated into something so modern and wonderful. It’s what this world needs. There are even a few Easter Eggs in the video that point to our de-evolution.”
Talk, Talk, Talk, The Paranoyds’ second album, gives the band room to grow, evolve and above all, have fun. Across 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic range of genres – from jazz to lo-fi punk-rock to groovy R&B – which meld together to showcase The Paranoyds’ innovative lineup.
“Lizzie” and the accompanying video are now streaming everywhere. Talk, Talk, Talk, the quartet’s explosive second album is due out September 9 via Third Man Records and is available to pre-order now. See the band supporting Jack White in September, with tickets available here. Connect with The Paranoyds on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to hear about budding rockers who have so much more in store.
Watch the new music video here: